Besix workers are sent home

Around 50 Besix construction workers were deported earlier this week after refusing to end a strike over pay and conditions.

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By  Angela Giuffrida Published  May 27, 2006

Around 50 Besix construction workers were deported earlier this week after refusing to end a strike over pay and conditions. The five-day strike involving 8,500 workers came to an end last Saturday after officials gave them an ultimatum to return to work, or face deportation or legal action. Their demands for a salary increase to at least US $163 (AED598) per month, along with a better food allowance and improved conditions, were refused by Besix. Fighting broke out at the Al Quoz labour camp in Dubai last Saturday night between those who had returned to work and those who continued to strike. Most of the men were back at work by Sunday morning. “Around 50 were taken by police; they were not forced, they went willingly. They did not want to go back to work,” said Philippe Dessoy, deputy general manager of Besix’s subsidiary, Six Construct.

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